7 performances to inspire your creativity

You’re creative, you know it in your bones. But sometimes you get stuck. Here are seven performances to help you rev that gorgeous creative engine of yours.

1. Aretha Franklin’s performance of “Natural Woman”

Aretha Franklin performing “Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Carole King

2. P!nk’s performance of “Glitter”

3. Heart’s performance of “Stairway to Heaven”

Heart performs “Stairway to Heaven” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Led Zeppelin

4. Melissa McCarthy’s “Pizza Business” sketch on Saturday Night Live

Mellisa McCarthy in “Pizza Business”, Saturday Night Live, September 23, 2013

5. Stefon on Saturday Night Live

I admit, this is not a go-to; it’s more of a bonus. Thinking of “Pizza Business” above reminds me of my favorite SNLs. I loved Bill Hader’s “Stefon” in which he broke himself all the time. Here’s a best of:

A “Best of” collection of Bill Hader as Stefon on Saturday Night Live

6. Aretha Franklin’s tribute to Whitney Houston

Aretha Franklin’s tribute to Whitney Houston

7. Mavis Staples rehearsing backstage

Mavis Staples backstage with Nick Lowe and Wilco
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Aretha Franklin continues to inspire us. Photo by Consequence of Sound.

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